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Seminar ImageBook Clubs: Fountas & Pinnell Classroom

Based on the PD resource, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom Book Clubs, Grade 3
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K-6


Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Book clubs bring a small group of students together to talk about a book they have each chosen to read. These enjoyable community experiences deepen readers' appreciation for a common text, extend their thinking as they process and interpret the perspectives and opinions of their peers, expand their ability to express their ideas orally, and provide an authentic context for applying the norms for listening and speaking and for using academic language. Throughout this session, participants will explore how to organize and implement book clubs within their classroom and will explore how to facilitate authentic discussion about a common text.

Learning Goals

Participants will:

  • Consider the values of book clubs.
  • Develop an understanding of reading as a complex process.
  • Use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum to observe students and identify teaching goals.
  • Reflect on teacher and student roles.
  • Become familiar with the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Book Clubs Collection of books, inquiry overview, and discussion cards.
  • Plan for meaningful conversations and use "talk" as a tool to expand thinking within, beyond, and about texts.

Resources Needed

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Book Clubs Collection Guide
  • Books and discussion cards from Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Book Clubs Collection

For pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.